Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

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Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.

Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."

A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.

She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.

Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.


Stories by Molly Peterson

LA bike culture cruises into fall with Tour de Fat, CicLAvia

If you've never been at Tour de Fat, it's a kind of insanely fun event, whether you know your way around truing a wheel or not.

Telecoms sign $12 million settlement over Malibu Canyon fire

When Santa Ana winds swept through Malibu Canyon in October of 2007, they knocked over three utility poles sparked a fire over 4,000 square acres.

DWP holds its water rate plan back for more study

DWP's general manager, Ron Nichols, acknowledged that ratepayer advocate Fred Pickel’s job policing water rates is going to take several more months than planned.

DWP energy rates move forward; water rate debate stalls

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has approved an energy rate hike of about 5 percent for most residential customers. The LA City Council will now weigh in on the plan, which would raise rates on commercial customers around 11 percent.

Chemical safety inspection stretches out

Federal regulators investigating last month’s fire at the Chevron refinery in Northern California say they’re still figuring out why it happened.

Three things you otter know about the state's cutest mammal

Olive's pup adds to the state's population of otters, which counts under 3,000. Hundreds of otters die each year from natural and human-influenced causes.

EPA dings metal platers for wastewater, toxic pollution

The EPA fines three metal finishers for mishandling toxic pollution.

Your water and power rates might change in LA. How much?

DWP wants to raise electricity and water rates. The city’s ratepayer advocate backs the increases, although he said the utility needs to watch its labor costs.

Santa Monica council forum to take on airport's future

Fifteen people are running for four open city council seats in Santa Monica. They’ve been invited to a forum sponsored by a group that wants to close the airport.

Song of the Week: Miley Cyrus, for renewed climate debate

How did the major Presidential candidates tackle the chance to talk climate change at their respective political conventions? (HINT: tackle's too strong of a word.)

Carson Carousel cleanup to get outside experts' views

Residents of Carson's Carousel neighborhood are frustrated with the speed of cleanup over the old oil tank site. Now regulators are calling in experts.

Energy Commission touts electric trucks at Port Tech Expo

Big trucks use a lot of fuel. Burning that fuel creates a lot of pollution. In San Pedro, California regulators highlighted one local company's electric engines.

California hopes practice makes perfect for cap-and-trade

Just months away from the start of California's first effort to cap, trade, and reduce carbon, the stakes are high for state regulators to get it right.

MLB, NBA, and yes, AEG go green at sports arenas

The NRDC studiously avoids ranking teams or venue, a bit of an indicator that quantifying what’s going on might reveal just how much isn’t yet happening.

Cadiz groundwater pumping dispute headed to court

Environmental groups are now seeking to block a controversial plan to pump water from around Cadiz in the arid Mojave desert in state court.